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Software turns 2D objects 3D; lets you 'reach into' photos; bends your mind

With 3-Sweep, you can "grab" an object in a photo and turn it around to see what it looks like from different angles. Check out the demo video.<p>Modeling products in three dimensions can be a time-consuming process. It's easy enough for humans to identify the presence of 3D objects in 2D scenes, but …

Printing

Top 5 (Well, 6) UFO Sightings in History

The truth is out there. It’s just… you’d think with all the cellphone cameras out there someone would have figured it out by now. But despite some of …

NASA illustrates Earth's frightening chances of an asteroid collision

Earth is sitting in the path of more than 1,400 asteroids that could potentially cause significant damage, but according to NASA we likely won't see any of them smash violently into our planet anytime soon. In a chilling graphic of Earth sitting in a web of possible danger, NASA mapped out data …

The Hyperloop: flawed fantasy or achievable challenge

The Hyperloop, an ambitious new form of transport proposed by SpaceX and PayPal founder Elon Musk, could be possible but faces some flaws, according to those who have analysed his plans.<p>The unveiling of the designs of Musk's "fifth mode of transport", which would fire passengers in pods at speeds …

High-speed Rail

Dying brains: will our last hurrah be an explosion of conscious experience?

What does it feel like to die? Most of us have no idea, but around 1 in 10 people who survive a cardiac arrest report having near death experiences (NDEs). These can range from relived memories to vivid experiences of light, sound, and emotion.<p>An interesting new study by Jimo Borjigin and …

Impossible? No, upsalite really is the wonder stuff

An accident in a university lab has produced a new material that has previously undreamed-of absorbent properties – and opens up an exciting wealth of possibilities<p>Making a mistake at work is seldom a good thing. Whether it's spilling hot coffee over yourself before a meeting or sending an …

How CERN’s Grid may place the power of the world’s computers in your hands

The combined power of the world’s computers could soon be placed in the palm of your hand thanks to technology that is partly being developed at the home of the Large Hadron Collider.<p>Scientists at CERN in Switzerland and in the US have been developing a new kind of computer system that is already …

Quantum Computing

Scientists Achieve On-Demand Quantum Teleportation For The First Time

Quantum teleportation, more reliable than ever before, at greater distances than ever before.<p>Quantum teleportation has taken another step forward, thanks to two complimentary experiments, one from ETH Zurich and one from the University of Tokyo. The researchers have demonstrated the most reliable …

How Geeks Have Evolved Over Time [Infographic]

Where Star Wars and Star Trek geeks share common ground.<p>Hundreds of years ago, the term geek wasn't as benign as it is today (high fives all around, gang). In 18th-century Austria-Hungary it was synonymous with freak--literally, used as the word for circus performers. Now, at worst, it's used to …

How language is literally losing its meaning

The Oxford English Dictionary has accepted a new definition for the word literally – and it's not the only word changing beyond recognition. It's enough to, like, make one despair<p>It is literally the biggest semantics story of the week: the informal use of the word "literally" – as a term for …

Battery-free wireless could send text messages after your phone dies

Whenever you send a text message, upload a photo, or check your news feed, your phone or computer directs a small amount of power to its radio, and uses that power to beam out a signal. Finding power usually isn't a huge issue, but if no direct power source were necessary at all, it would be …

New Clues for How to Remember Dreams

A new study suggests that there are distinct differences in brain function between people who remember their dreams and those who don't.<p>This morning, I woke up with a very strong memory of staging a political coup in my sleep. Why I happened to remember my dream so vividly when I woke up, it's hard …

How Big Is Space? by Earth Unplugged

In “How Big is Space?,” a recent episode of <i>Earth Unplugged</i> by BBC Earth Productions, they examine how much space we need to live, how much space …

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Futuristic Sleeping Pods Recharge Modern Workers

During a typical day's work, many employees start feeling tired by mid-afternoon. Who wouldn't love to take a quick nap to recharge their batteries before pushing through the final hours? Unfortunately, sleeping on the job is frowned upon in many places of employment, but one company is hoping to …

Employment

Christian Bale Reportedly Offered $50 Million To Return For 20 Minutes In New 'Batman' Movie

A new ebook, "Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma," suggests the actor is being offered up to $50 million to reprise his role of the Caped Crusader.<p>The book comes from Vince Russel who simultaneously put out another unauthorized biography of …

Robert Downey Jr.

Hyetis promises smartwatch with 41-megapixel camera for $1,200

While we'd love to see Hyetis newest smartwatch in the real world, we're not entirely sure it's not just the product of an engineer's fevered dreams. Aimed squarely at tech-savvy one-percenters, the Hyetis Crossbow claims to pack a 41-megapixel camera that you can carry around at the end of your …

On View: Ghostly X-Rays Of NASA Spacesuits

The Smithsonian’s Suited for Space exhibit is a highly exposed showcase of astronaut garb and gear.<p>The U.S. lunar landing program wrapped up in 1972 with the Apollo 17 mission, the sixth time America accomplished the once-fantastical task of putting a man on the moon. Technology and the exploration …